A Golden Stretch – Tarifa Beach, Costa de la Luz, Andalucia

The perfect beach at Tarifa, Costa de la Luz, Andalucia

The perfect beach at Tarifa, Costa de la Luz, Andalucia

 

Tarifa lies at the southern most point of mainland Spain and Western Europe on the Costa de la Luz, Andalucia. It also serves as a portal to Morocco via the catamaran service that runs regularly to Tanger. The town follows Spain’s standard divide of old and new but the perhaps the most beautiful aspect is its golden stretch of beach that disappears north-west towards the base of the mountains.

One thing that you can’t fail to notice at Tarifa is the wind. It is absolutely relentless and is said to be a major factor in the high suicide rate in the town.

For those whose mood is less weather dependent the wind provides an ideal platform for fun and it is rare to visit the beach at Tarifa without witnessing a fleet of kite surfers as they hurtle across the tops of waves and leap into the air, hanging in defiance of gravity before gently floating back into the water.

The soft, golden sand is a massive attraction and in the summer months it’s hard to find a spot for your picnic or sun lounger. Speaking of which; it seems there is less emphasis on traditional beach tourism of the type seen along the Costa del Sol and it is definitely more of an adventure beach that doesn’t suffer the ignominy of plucky pedlars and their overpriced sunbeds.

 

No sign of overpriced sunbeds at Tarifa Beach, Costa de la Luz, Andalucia

No sign of overpriced sunbeds at Tarifa Beach, Costa de la Luz, Andalucia

 

On a clear day Tarifa beach gives clear views of the North African coastline and to the north are low mountains brimming with walking and cycling routes.

As beaches go, those at Tarifa are the kind you imagine and wish for on a holiday. The inviting white/gold sand sandwiched between the contrasting dark green hills and mountains and the almost emerald green waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Best of all there is very little in the way of high rise buildings to blot the landscape.

After spending time on the beach at Tarifa watching kite surfers at play you can take the short walk inland for a cooling drink and healthy lunch at Bamboo, or have a look at the odd presence of La Isla de las Palomas. 

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